We want to communicate with you in the language in which you are most
comfortable. If you prefer to use an interpreter, we will provide one at no cost. Sign language interpreters and auxiliary aids are also available.
Childbirth Education Classes
Women & Infants offers classes taught by experienced, certified educators at various times and locations. If you have not received a brochure and registration form, call (401) 276-7800 or find a list of our classes on our Childbirth Education page.
Your Birth Plan
Please take some time to complete this worksheet and review it with your doctor or midwife at your next prenatal visit. Please bring a copy of this worksheet to Women & Infants and give it to your labor nurse.\
The Newborn Channel
To help you prepare for the birth of your baby – and in those first few years – we’re making it easy for you to access The Newborn Channel programs offered at Women & Infants Hospital. Log on to thenewbornchannelnow.com and enter the password 06222 to watch videos on topics including preparing for your baby, breastfeeding, child safety, and keeping you and your baby health.
Women have several options when coping with the discomfort of labor and childbirth. Delivering naturally is when no anesthesia is used. Many women, through the support of their significant other or labor partner, their nurse, midwife or physician, choose this option and feel empowered by this experience. Some women choose to have pain medication given either through an intravenous line or injection. This option will ease the pain of the contractions and can be helpful in early labor. Another type of medication is epidural anesthesia which allows mom to feel only mild to moderate contraction intensity and pressure during labor and childbirth. Whatever your choose, our exceptional labor and delivery nurses, midwives, and physicians will guide, support, and encourage you through each phase of your labor and ultimately the birth of your baby. You can learn more about anesthesia through childbirth education classes.
Antenatal Care Unit
Some women must be hospitalized before delivery to monitor their health and the health of their unborn baby. These women are cared for in our Antenatal Care Unit. Rooms here are larger with private bathrooms. The unit also features an amenities suite with exercise equipment, a washer and dryer, and a hairdressing sink and massage table for appointments.
Carter Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
We operate one of the nation’s largest single-family room neonatal intensive care units (NICU), offering outstanding care for more than 1,200 premature and sick babies each year. Each room offers the latest technology and most advanced care in a quieter, more private setting. The care team includes: parents, care managers, neonatal nurse practitioners and nurses, neonatal-perinatal fellows, neonatologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and social workers. The unit offers lounges, a kitchen and shower facilities for parents.
Choosing a Pediatric Care Provider
You must choose a pediatric care provider - a family practitioner, pediatrician or nurse practitioner—before you are 35 weeks pregnant. To help, we provide information on choosing a pediatrician or you can call our Physician Referral Health Line at 1-800-921-9299. Tell the hospital when you choose a provider so we can call him/her when the baby is born. If the provider does not come to Women & Infants, our team of doctors will care for your baby.